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Prêt-À-Poundo: Montreal Gets Its First Black Fashion Week

Montreal will host its first Black Fashion Week from May 15 to May 17 2013.


After Black Fashion Week Prague and Black Fashion Week Paris, Montreal is now getting its first Black Fashion Week, kicking off May 15 and lasting until May 17. The event is organized by Senegalese designer Adama Paris — who also organized the Dakar Fashion WeekAfrican Fashion Awards — with the aim to celebrate fashion while revealing the cultural wealth of the black diaspora.

The term "Black Fashion Week" recently garnered heated debate due to its racial implication. "Why not a White Fashion Week?” some have asked. “But Paris Fashion Week is already white!” N’diaye told Agence France-Presse. “We wanted to simply promote beyond African borders designers who are well-known in Africa or in their country but who don’t have access to the global market.” The event also aims to promote black models who are under-represented in fashion shows.

The catwalk of Black Fashion Week Montreal will be held in the unique setting that is Church of St. John Baptist in the heart of Montreal. The event will present the 2013 trends of the Black diaspora in 3 different worlds: JUST Fashion, ONLY Men & LIMITED Edition. JUST Fashion and ONLY Men will present the unavoidable ready-to-wear fashion brands & LIMITED Edition will present the luxury and high fashion of limited items. The evening of May 15, all fashion lovers are invited to the Black & Gold party, an dress code required evening to mark the start of the first Montreal Black Fashion Week. A fashion and networking rendez-vous in one of Montreal’s places to be : Hotel 10. The designers will present their collections on May 16 and 17 from 6.30PM, the fashion shows will be followed by a VIP cocktail combining press and designers and an afterparty.

WHEN: May 15 through May 17

WHERE: Church Saint Jean-Baptiste 309, rue Rachel Est Montréal, Québec, Canada H2W 2K7

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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